Team India opener Shikhar Dhawan finally got a breakthrough in his cricketing career as he slammed his 16th ODI century against Australia in the 4th ODI in Mohali. The opener along with partner Rohit Sharma put up a 193-run stand before the latter departed for 95.
Dhawan last hit a century back in September 23, 2018, against Pakistan in the Asia Cup.
Dhawan was experiencing quite a rough patch in his career which saw him being dropped from the Test squad. However, with this long-awaited century, Dhawan will hope to produce a few stellar performances to book his place in India's World Cup squad.
Along with the century, he also surpassed his highest best score of 137 against South Africa. He went on to score 143, his now best score in ODI cricket.
Recently, Dhawan was dropped from the topmost Category A+ and has been shifted to Category A. The opener is no longer a part of the Test set-up and had a poor last three months in limited overs format.
Along with Dhawan, seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has also fallen off the radar as an all-format player, is also part of Category A.
Cheteshwar Pujara, despite his stupendous show in Australia, remained in Category A since he is only one format player.
Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bat in the fourth ODI against Australia on Sunday.
For India, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, K L Rahul, Rishabh Pant and Yuzvendra Chahal came in for Mohammed Shami, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja.
Marcus Stoinis made way for Ashton Turner in the Australian XI.
India currently lead the five-match series 2-1.
India: Virat Kohli (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah.
Australia: Aaron Finch(capt), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey, Jhye Richardson, Pat Cummins, Jason Behrendorff, Adam Zampa.